Ciao Bella Cafe (Ciao Bella on Twitter) opened about a month ago and it feels like Pillars Social Cafe version 2.0, which is not a bad thing. Liquor license has been applied for, natural cane sodas still on tap. The menu is american food with an Italian flair and includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Since the patio is on private property alcohol can be served there. Instead of Intelligensia coffee it is Metropolis. The interior has been tweaked so as to maximize seating and increase space.
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The cardboard light covers, reclaimed wood, and most other interior details has been kept the same. Some of the half walls were removed and the wall in back now serves as a warm accent to the fireplace. It is still about community, awareness, respect, environment. Ciao Bella is located at the northwest corner of Pratt and Sheridan in Rogers Park, Illinois. ( Ciao Bella reviews onYelp)
Reading the reviews on Yelp it is apparent that people are confused about cafe and restaurant seating there and whether you order from your table or from the counter. In a case like Selmarie in Lincoln Square it is fairly obvious that the cafe is in the front and restaurant is in the back. Something should be done to clear up the confusion. What further confuses the issue is the two entrances. They should probably scrap the counter on the Sheridan side and just keep the cafe going on the Pratt side. The glare from the sun can be significant at times, easily remedied with window shades.
This writer agrees that the place echoes quite a bit on the Sheridan side. A reviewer on Yelp explains that now one can order at the counter or someone wait on you. Jay A. on Yelp gives them one star with a long description of the lack of service. That is what is good about Yelp, its feedback. One restaurant in San Diego decided to put their horrible Yelp reviews on a radio in their bathroom. That would be a great idea for any restaurant. It is such a nice space it would be strange for a restaurant to not thrive there. Some people have their mind made up but this writer will keep an eye on this place to see how things unfold. Way too early to form any permanent opinions.